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Biomedical Engineering

A research guide to help you find relevant books and articles in the field of biomedical engineering.

Finding Books in the library

TA 164   Bioengineering

TP248.13 - 248.65  Biotechnology

R855 - 855.5  Medical technology

R856 - 857     Biomedical engineering. Electronics. Instrumentation

RE986-988     Artificial eyes and other prostheses



Engineering & Computer Science Library

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10 King's College Road, Room 2402

Using LibrarySearch

Searching the catalogue is one way to find books, handbooks, dictionaries and encyclopedias. You can access LibrarySearch from the Engineering & Computer Science Library's homepage.

Some possible keywords and combination of keywords related to biomaterials and biomedical engineering are:

  • systems biology
  • biomedical engineering
  • bioengineering
  • biotechnology
  • nanotechnology or nanomedicine
  • biomaterial engineering or biomaterials
  • tissue regeneration or tissue engineering
  • biocompatible materials or biocompatability





You might also want to focus on a specific type of bioengineering, such as:

  • rehabilitation engineering
  • biomolecular or bioimaging engineering
  • clinical engineering
  • genetic engineering
  • bioinstrumentation or biomechanical engineering

Or a specific aspect of biomaterials engineering, such as:

  • biomedical engineering AND ethics
  • biomaterials engineering AND cost analysis
  • bioengineering AND environmental aspects

Interlibrary Loans

If you need a book or article not available in print or online through the University of Toronto, feel free to use our Interlibrary Loan services to request the item from another library.

How to look for books on our shelves

The Engineering and Computer Science Library uses the Library of Congress system for shelving and cataloguing which may be unfamiliar with some patrons. We have provided an example below so that you can navigate our shelves with greater ease. 







Books in our library may be categorized as Stacks (can be checked out) or Reference (for library use only)


The Classification sorts books by similar subjects, read this line in alphabetical order: A, B... T, TA...

This line is also related to the Classification of the book, read this line as a whole number: 1, 2... 150, 151...

The Cutter sorts books by Author name, read this line alphabetically then as a decimal: .A1, B2... .S78, .S8...

The Date refers normally to the publication date and is arranged chronologically: 2001, 2002... 2004...

Types of Books

When should I use handbooks or manuals?

  • You already know a bit about the topic
  • You want to find instructions, guidelines, or rules


Biomedical technology and devices handbook (ebook)

Clinical engineering handbook (ebook)

Handbook of biomedical telemetry (ebook)

Handbook of photonics for biomedical engineering (ebook)

When should I use dictionaries?

  • Finding definitions for terms or concepts


The Facts on File dictionary of biotechnology and genetic engineering (print)

Call Number: Reference TP248.16 .S84 2006



When should I use encyclopedias?

  • Background information
  • Familiarizing yourself with a new topic


Encyclopedia of ethical, legal, and policy issues in biotechnology (e-book)

Encyclopedia of biomaterials and biomedical engineering (ebook)

Nanotechnologies for the Life Sciences & Nanomaterials for the Life Sciences

These two book series by C. Kumar may also be useful. Some volumes are found in ECSL while others are at Gerstein.

Nanotechnologies for the life sciences

Vol. 1 - Biofunctionalization of nanomaterials (ECSL) 

Vol. 2 - Biological and pharmaceutical nanomaterials (ECSL)

Vol. 3 - Nanosystem characterization tools in the life sciences (Gerstein)

Vol. 4 - Nanodevices for the life sciences (ECSL)

Vol. 5 - Nanomaterials: toxicity, health and environmental issues (Gerstein)

Vol. 6 - Nanomaterials for cancer therapy (Gerstein)

Vol. 8 - Nanomaterials for biosensors (ECSL)

Vol. 10 - Nanomaterials for medical diagnosis and therapy (Gerstein)

Nanomaterials for the life sciences

Vol. 3 - Mixed metal nanomaterials (Gerstein)

Vol. 5 - Nanostructured thin films and surfaces (ECSL)

Vol. 6 - Semiconductor nanomaterials (ECSL)

Vol. 7 - Biomimetic and bioinspired nanomaterials (ECSL)

Vol. 8 - Nanocomposites (ECSL)

Vol. 9 - Carbon nanomaterials (ECSL)

Vol. 10 - Polymeric nanomaterials (ECSL)